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the shores of Lake Weeroona..
The basketball girls warm up the crowd before the citizenship
ceremony 2) Robbo models his sun hat
Robbo and Daz pose with Dave and Maree 4) Lancefield's Fran
and Rob are back from central Australia
Australia Day in Bendigo
27.1.10 - This was the third consecutive
appearance by Spectrum at the Bendigo Australia Day celebrations,
but this year they'd (sensibly) moved the citizenship ceremony
forward, which meant we had to leave Melbourne even earlier
to be set up by 10.00. We didn't actually get away till 7.30,
owing to a scare with the van showing it had virtually no oil,
but we managed to arrive just after 9.00 and had plenty of time
to kill before our first set just before midday. The Soundgarden's
Dave and Maree (pic 3) were there again this year and
we chatted over lunch about life after The Soundgarden and Maree's
two singing canaries, Mike & Bill.
The second set was a little longer than the first and so we
could stretch a little - and it sounded damn fine from up on
the stage anyway. There were some old friends waiting to say
hullo at the the end of the day, including Wayne and Robyn from
Castlemaine, Kel O'Brien, who was instrumental in getting us
the Drovers Arms gig in his hometown of Goornong, (Sunday 21st
of March), and Fran and Rob, (pic 4) who are back from
their sojourn in central Australia (amongst other places) and
are busy re-establishing themselves in Lancefield.
Thankfully it wasn't as hot as last year and we arrived home
only slightly the worse for wear. I have a suspicion the series
may have ended, but in any event we've thoroughly enjoyed all
three Australia Day concerts on the shores of Lake Weeroona,
not least because they've given us the rare chance to touch
base with our friends in the Bendigo region. Hooray!
& Pump are at it again!
lays a rave on Heather at the post-gig supper 2) Trollop No.
1 Jennie tucks in
Di catches me just in time to pose 4) Mike catches himself by
surprise with Lyn T.
& Bill play on The Trollops' home turf
25.1.10 - This was very much a speculative gig in the
sense that (a) we'd not played at the Eltham pub before
and (b) we were restricted to playing as a duo, which
we've not done in a pub for quite a while. It was a gorgeous
day and my eye wandered out to the sunlit balcony from the typically
depressing Sports Bar ambience we were assigned - between two
TV monitors showing the tennis and the cricket, no less! I was
encouraged by the A3 and A4 handbills advertising us throughout
the bar however, and the Trollops said that there had been an
enormous banner advertising the gig draped along the front of
the hotel over the week, so I was hopeful there would be a crowd
It actually turned out to be quite a healthy crowd of sorts,
with the full complement of the Matovinovic family (plus Mario)
in attendance, Annie and Wayne, (who met at an Australia Day
do in Geelong that we'd played at eight years ago almost to
the day), and, of course, the full flirt of Trollops, whose
home base turns out to be Eltham.
I opened the day with a selection of four solo numbers on George
Martin before requesting Bill join me for a grab-bag of Spectrum
material, some of which really responded to being left uncomplicated
and with room to breathe. My voice felt all the better for the
gig the night before and I felt unusually relaxed on guitar,
so it was quite a satisfying afternoon all round, capped off
with a friendly post-gig supper with The Trollops, (pics)
which ended the arvo perfectly.
Jeff Dans explains how the show is going to go 2) Stephen, Sara
and Little James Ramsay try to look interested
Minya Winery goes off
25.1.10 - This one's
been in the works for a while, but we've never played at the
Minya Winery before and local Stephen Ramsay (pic 2)
suggested it might be a little difficult to find, so I took
the precaution of consulting Google for directions before we
left. Two hours later, after driving around in circles for nearly
half an hour and being rattled to bits on prejudicially corrugated
gravel roads, we finally arrived at the Winery - just seconds
before our surfing keyboardist, Daryl, who'd left quite some
time after us and had only the prevailing winds for navigation.
The venue itself is a natural amphitheatre picturesquely overlooking
a lake, (from where the Winery takes its name - 'a place of
many birds'), with a modest but adequate stage. We were greeted
warmly by the Winery's owner, Jeff Dans, and by the time we'd
set up we just had time for an open sandwich ('made from all-local
ingredients') before Jeff was introducing the band to the booked
out house (a feat equalled only by Deborah Conway apparently)
and we were under way.
What ensued was a Spectrum communion of sorts - we don't get
down the Geelong way nearly often enough and that seems to intensify
the experience when we do. A large group from Jan Juc had a
particularly raucous time, but it was all good fun. We ended
up playing twenty minutes worth of encores, (one for my RocKwiz
white jacket), and we were all thoroughly exhausted by the time
they finally let us go
As we drove out of the Winery we passed a group of people optimistically
waiting for a taxi - I wouldn't be surprised if they were waiting
there all night given our experience finding the place. Now
that we know where it is, I'm quite looking forward to the next
time at the Minya Winery, and perhaps then we can get
round to sampling some of their wines..
set to rock once more!
hills are alive with the sound of the
Sunbury Divas - there's another forty of them on the day!
owner and organiser, Bernard Lakey 3) Mother and daughter man
the food table
Jane gets the Asylum treatment with Shane Laffy 5) Flowerpot
men, Bill and Bren, take a gasper
Bren and Jack ham it up for the camera
Sunbury Backroad Festival promo
16.1.10 - I'd set the alarm for 7.00, anticipating
that Bill and I would be leaving my place at 8.00, but as it
turned out we went to plan B and hitched a ride to Sunbury with
Madder Lake's Brenden Mason - and we still managed to get there
early despite leaving thirty minutes later, missing turn-offs
and driving right past the Lakey farm, the site for the Sunbury
Backroad Festival on the 10th April.
Asylum TV was already busy filming when we arrived, (pic
4) but the Spectrum and Madder Lake segments weren't due
to be shot till last, so we had plenty of time to chat to Bernard
Lakey (pic 2) the man behind the festival, and soak
up some good ol' fashioned country hospitality, with tea, coffee
and home-baked biscuits. (pic 3)
|As the name suggests, it's not the
original Sunbury Festival site, but from what I remember of
the original site, that's a good thing. Not that we got to see
the actual site, but Bernard pointed to where it was just over
the ridge, and the backdrop at least looked gorgeous. The Sunbury
community spirit was very much in evidence and so we're all
looking forward to a day filled with good vibes - as well as
some good music.
at the Black Ruby
Sloggett was in good form 2) George Butrumlis and Bernd Rohrmann
professor's final fling..
- This was going to be a picture-perfect repeat
of Bernd's un-birthday celebration back in September at the
same venue, but when I rang Enza (Pantano) a few weeks back
I was dismayed to discover that she was going to be in hospital
and so wasn't available. (I spoke to her husband Ronnie a couple
of days ago and everything has gone well, thank goodness).
Bernd was keen to have accordianist George Butrumlis to come
along in Enza's stead and play some South American-type tunes
and he gave me George's e-mail address so we could organise
a couple of songs to play together - which is exactly what we
did. It worked so well I'm thinking of ways to incorporate George
in some future projects..
Jimmie and Bill popped over to my place on Wednesday and we
ran through a few tunes, but when I was writing the list I dropped
most of the songs we'd rehearsed and opted for a more bluesy
approach. I think that worked too, and Bernd was beaming blissfully
through the night. Bernd is planning a trip to Antarctica next,
so we'll look forward to hearing some fantastical frozen stories
when he gets back
just what he's done to deserve this..
4.1.10 - It's sometimes better not to
have expectations - our 'inaugural' Sunday arvo last week
at the Village Green was such fun and I was rather hoping
that the second time around it would be even better. And it
was, but it just wasn't a surprise.. The Trollops
had marshalled their full complement to celebrate Lyn T's
birthday, (a 'flirt' of Trollops is the correct collective
noun apparently), so I was able to redress the Daz-less pre-Christmas
pic I took at the Manningham, (pic) and there were
plenty of other familiar faces in the audience. My DJ nephew,
Ric Cafarella, and, even more surprisingly, his uncle, Father
|plus some members of his flock, Peter
Carolan and mates Terry and Bob, Edwin Mitchell from Tweed Heads,
Craig Mattingley for the second week in a row - well, too many
to mention really. The Robbos and I ate with The Trollops after
the load-out - it wasn't till I got home that I realised that
a Trollop had paid for my calamari. Sorry girls - I'll pay you
back next time!
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